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- 01 Jul 1998: Gabriel Taubin

Manager, Visual and Geometric Computing Group, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Gabriel Taubin is Manager of the Visual and Geometric Computing group at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, where he leads a group of researchers in the creation of new geometric computation and image-based algorithms and technologies for 3D modeling, network-based graphics, and data visualization. Before this assignment, he spent five years as a member of the Exploratory Computer Vision group. Gabriel holds a PhD in EE from Brown University in the area of Computer Vision, and a MSc in Pure Mathematics from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has authored 11 patents, and published over 30 papers.

Dr. Jack Wasserman
Professor Emeritus of Art History, Temple University

Dr. Wasserman, a prominent Italian renaissance art historian, became interested in Michelangelo's Florentine Pietá after studying a portrayal of the Virgin Mary mourning the body of Christ by the artist Jacopo Pontormo. In 1996, with the help of Peter Rockwell, a noted stone-carver and the son of the painter Norman Rockwell, Wasserman began a study of Michelangelo's Pietá, hoping to unravel some of the mystery that has surrounded the work for over four centuries.

In 1957, Dr. Wasserman has published a variety of works, including his book Leonardo da Vinci (1975, Harry N. Abrams). He is a member of the Archaeological Research Fund (participated in excavations on Samothrace in 1950) and recipient of the Fulbright Award and a number of grants.

Dr. Jacob Ukelson
Department General Manager, Application & Solution Technologies, IBM Research

Dr. Jacob Ukelson is a Computer Scientist and the manager of the Applications and Solutions Technologies department at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center. This department creates solutions and solution technologies in a diverse set of areas -- visualization, human-computer interaction, education, and healthcare, with the goal of using leading edge technologies to make computers more useful, usable and enjoyable for users.

Prior to this assignment Jacob was part of Research's worldwide technical strategy staff, where he was part of the team that put together the IBM Research ten year technology outlook. Prior to this assignment Jacob managed a group in the Interactive Transaction Systems department whose mission was to create tools to implement user interfaces that are useful, usable and enjoyable to use. This group produced a number of innovative widely used walk-up and use systems for the public.

Dr. Ukelson received a B.S., an M.S., and a D.Sc. in Computer Science from the Technion - Israel's Institute of Technology. In addition, Dr. Ukelson has been published in many technical journals and has spoken at conferences all over the country.

Dr. Ukelson has received numerous awards including the 1996 Alexander C. Williams Award from the Human Factors Society. This award is given for an operational system which demonstrates excellence in Human Factors.

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